The Last of Us film is stuck in 'development hell'

By Matt Maguire

A scene from the video game The Last of Us.
A scene from the video game The Last of Us.

Progress on the movie version of The Last of Us - one of this generation's most popular and critically acclaimed video games - has stalled.

Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann told IGN that despite strong script that saw it reach to the point of having a table read, the project had entered "development hell".

"There hasn't been any work done on it in over a year and a half," he said.

Released in 2013, The Last of Us won many game of the year awards thanks to its post-apocalyptic tale of two survivors: hardman Joel and his teen sidekick Ellie.

That the movie version has a decent script puts it ahead of the Uncharted movie, which Naughty Dog is only "somewhat involved" in.

Druckman said in the case of that movie, a new writer is on board and currently tackling the relationships between Elena, Nate and Sully.

"Our approach is just to steer them back to those relationships," he said.

A scene from Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, due for release on Playstation 4 in June.
A scene from Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, due for release on Playstation 4 in June.

"The most important part to get right is Nathan Drake, Nathan Drake's relationship with Elena and Nathan Drake's relationship with Sullivan. If you don't get that right, I don't think the film's going to work. If you get that core right, there's a chance it could work."

Sony has the Uncharted film slated for a June 30, 2017 release. Uncharted 4 is due for release on May 10.

- Gameplanet

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